What is fimo?

Posted on: October 23rd, 2011 by Annie

what is fimoDo you want to know what is popular in nail art nawadays and what is fimo? Today ladies make manicure with long nails and decorate them with all sorts of delights: do fancy paintings, make piercing, stamping. They use foil, colored thread, glitter, ribbons, lace, dried flowers, rhinestones and even precious stones for the design.

And it became popular to decorate nails with Fimo. What is fimo? These are booms  5 cm length and in diameter from 3 to 5 ml. They are cut across in circles, half-circles, quarters by a special blade. In general, your master decides what shape to choose for the design.

Fimo is a polymer clay (also plastic) - a plastic material based on polyvinyl chloride for modeling (small products, jewelry, dolls) and modeling, hardening in air or after heating (depending on the type of plastic).

What is fimo main ingredient:

In the base of polymer clay is polyvinyl chloride (PVC). This is a very common plastic produced from petroleum products. Great part of the insulation of electrical wires, plastic windows, medical instruments, such as intravenous tubes, dishes, toys, household items are made in industry.  The structure of polymer clay also contains various pigments, including a well-compatible with PVC powder phthalocyanine dyes. Talc, kaolin, orchalk can also be fillers and surface modifiers.

fimo fruits

From the history of fimo

The triumphal procession of the material, invented in the thirties of last century in Germany, began in 1964 when it became a trademark of Fimo. At the moment, the German company Eberhard Faber is the largest producer of polymer clay, and the word ”Fimo” became a household word.

fimo fruits design

Plastics from different manufacturers is somewhat different to each other, both in work and in the final product. When modeling, it may be harder or softer, and after polymerization can have glossy or matte surface, it has other differences.


Incorrect baking of polymer clay leads to the decomposition of PVC with the release of toxic gas - hydrogen chloride(gaseous hydrochloric acid). However, properly baked polymer clay does not produce toxic substances. Use only the industrial production of polymer clay fimo.

And if you wanted to know what is fimo now you know it!

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